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Tycho can detect Near-Earth Objects and Main Belt Asteroids
Synthetic Tracker
GPU Acceleration
Precision Astrometry

Tycho implements a technique called Synthetic Tracking to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of moving targets.  Using this technique, the movement of the target need not be known in advance.

Synthetic Tracking is a process that involves stacking dozens of images in thousands of different ways.  Fortunately, Tycho takes advantage of the thousands of cores on the GPU video card to accelerate the process.  Most datasets can be solved in under 10 minutes.

Detection of moving targets is just the first step.  The next step is acquiring accurate and precise measurements of the targets.  Using the Gaia DR2 star catalog, the measurements generated by Tycho can yield residuals better than 0.5 arcseconds on average.

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